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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the unfairness the member opposite speaks of is what Conservatives put Canadians through in their version of the immigration system. They left a broken system. Spouses were kept apart for years under the Conservative Party. The Conservatives want to talk about

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, let me correct the record with respect to the Conservatives' record on the parent and grandparent program: a backlog of over 167,000 cases, a six to 18 year wait time to sponsor loved ones. They mismanaged the program so badly that it went off the rails for two

June 4th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, this is what the Conservative Party recently said about the parent and grandparent program. The party describes this program as a “burden” on the federal government in terms of support as well as a drain on provinces. The party that pretends to care about family

June 4th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the chaos that the member opposite refers to is the chaos that that party put parents and grandparents through. The Conservatives deleted the program for two years. They kept people waiting five to seven years. We are the ones who cleaned up their backlog of 167,000

June 3rd, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Citizenship and Immigration committee   and immigrant legal aid is a step in the wrong direction. It will hurt the most vulnerable. I'm disappointed, but I'm not quite surprised. We have seen the track record of Conservatives, in all levels of government, targeting cuts precisely against community services that serve the most

May 29th, 2019Committee meeting

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Under the Conservatives, the Iranian nationals were waiting twice as long as other nationalities for processing—

May 29th, 2019Committee meeting

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship   and the Conservatives cannot get away from that record. The fact is that we are reinvesting in the border, and we are reinvesting in the Immigration and Refugee Board. To make sure that the refugee system works, we are making sure that the vacancies left behind by the previous government—

May 7th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that, due to the half-baked measures introduced by the Harper Conservatives, the IRB developed a backlog of 32,000 refugee cases. We promised that we would do better for those people, some of whom had been waiting for a hearing for as long

May 7th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship   and grandparents, from 5,000 spots under the Conservatives to more than 20,000 spots under our government. We will continue to be ambitious in that regard and listen to Canadians to further improve the process.

April 2nd, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship   a program that will provide a faster path for permanent residency, better protections against abuse, and for the first time, we will allow caregivers to bring their own spouses and children with them. Our government has eliminated the caregiver backlog left behind by the Conservatives

February 25th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Citizenship and Immigration committee  It's an independent system, and to suggest that the Conservatives actually care about refugees is laughable.

February 20th, 2019Committee meeting

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, we inherited a backlog of 167,000 people in the parents and grandparents program. Under Conservative leadership, families were waiting eight years to be reunited with their parents and grandparents. We have brought that process time down to less than two years. We

February 4th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the facts speak for themselves. This is the Conservative position on parents and grandparents. The Conservatives described parents and grandparents as a “burden” on the federal government in terms of financial support. They have described parents and grandparents

January 29th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, it is amusing to watch the Conservatives pretend to care about family reunification because, under their watch, parents and grandparents were stuck in a backlog of 167,000 people and had to wait seven to eight years to reunite with their family members. We have

January 29th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, I am really amused that suddenly the member opposite has found some sort of light in her enthusiasm for family reunification. However, family reunification was never the Conservatives' priority. Families had to wait between seven to eight years to join their loved

January 29th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal